Striped Crop Jacket, Oh and a Strapless Dress – Simplicity 1325 Pattern Review

I had an idea that I wanted to play with stripes, so I made this strapless dress with a strapless bodice block and a gathered skirt.  I actually made this in the spring and it was too cool to wear it alone. So off I went through my pattern stash, and pulled out Simplicity 1325.  I have made the jumper before, and the shirt a few times, with and without modifications (darn, I haven’t blogged about that yet.  Sorry y’all, i will do better about taking pictures.)  The crop jacket looked like it would be perfect, and as you can see above.  It is.:) I like how it falls open at the front.  The fabric is a polyester blend with a slight amount of stretch to it. 

As a pattern review I made View E in the size 6 without the ribbon detail.  I didn’t need to make any alterations.  I hemmed the sleeves with a 3/8″ hem and steam-a-seam.  Quite honestly I was too lazy to blind hem stitch this one, but that would have been my other option.  The facing finishes the front, and the back I left folded and stitched in the ditch of the darts so there would be no visible stitching lines.  This was exactly what I needed as a light jacket for this strapless dress.  Oh, and speaking of the dress, in case you want to see it, I’ll leave the pictures here. 🙂

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I Made A Jumper and I Like It – Simplicity 1325 Pattern Review

Yep, for some reason I made a jumper.  I picked up Simplicity 1325 sometime ago on sale.  The pattern kept calling to me from my stash, probably because of the V-neck. I haven’t made the shirt from the pattern yet, but I plan to soon.  I wore a sweater with it for pictures since it was around 50-60 degrees that day.  Look my jumper even has pockets!

As a pattern review, I made View C in a size 6.  The instructions were easy to follow, and I actually followed every one in order without alterations. 🙂 I even followed the one to slipstitch the lining down (instead of stitching in the ditch, lol)! I used an odd knit I picked up from Hancock Fabrics that only stretches on the bias, and had black flocking until I washed it.  So if you see it at the store and love it, know that the flocking will end up in your lint trap if you put it in the dryer.

This was also my first time doing a lapped zip, per the instructions instead of an invisible zip.  I had to run to Walmart to go get a regular one, it appears I  only stash invisibles :).  I don’t know why my photographer didn’t flip the lap down after I took off my jacket, but hey now you can see it. 🙂  All in all, this is a nice pattern to put together and will be useful to alter for your own ideas.